Faye Webster performs at the Outside Lands at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California on Friday, August 5, 2022.

My advice after going to the first day of the outdoors in San Francisco: GO

Last August 6, 11:30 a.m.. One-day tickets for Saturday for her run out But today’s passes are still available on Sunday.

August 6, 9:30 a.m. Outside lands are usually sold in San Francisco. Not this year. One-day tickets are still available Saturday and Sunday.

If you’re on the fence about whether to snag your last minute ticket, my advice after spending the day there on Friday is to go, even if you’re upset with the lineup and only know a few bands are playing (see our recommendations here). The best part of my day was discovering works I didn’t know, like the great Zambian artist Samba who delivered a sticky whirl of jazz-soaked hip-hop, rap, and afrobeat; and Faye Webster who calmed her audience with whispers and adorable Indian folktales while playing the guitar.

Faye Webster performs at the Outside Lands at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California on Friday, August 5, 2022.

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convinced? Now, you have to figure out how to get there.

Lyft and Uber are expensive this weekend as demand drives up prices (SFGATE wrote about crazy prices coming home on Friday night). My advice is to hop on MUNI, ride your bike or do what I did, and take the $24 prepaid bus (buy your ticket online) that runs between Bill Graham Civic Hall and the festival grounds in Golden Gate Park. Buses start running at 11am and when I arrived at 10:45am on Friday the line had already formed.

A 15-minute wait provided the opportunity to see what clothes people had collected for the festival. Outside Lands is as much about fashion as it is about music. People were wearing halter tops with threads of beads falling on their exposed bellies, Doc Martin combat boots with mini skirts, pants made of crotch-like fabric that resembled the blankets my grandmother had on her bed, and Scout uniforms with marijuana spots.

On the bus, two girls discussed whether to spend the whole day in the Sutro Stage or hopping from one stage to the next – an important decision for anyone going to the festival. I pulled out the Outside Lands app on my phone and started compiling my schedule, which required a lot of navigating the stage as I like to see as much music as possible. (If you haven’t already, download the app and create your schedule. You can ask the app to alert you before the band you want to pick up—a handy feature when you’re dancing in a DJ tent and you’re missing out on time tracking.)

By 11:30 a.m. I had gone through security (very handy, just make sure you follow the strict bag requirements – look for those in SFGATE’s Outside Lands Guide.) and entered the festival grounds. The windmill in the middle of the polo field was spinning in the ocean breeze and the sun’s rays were darting through the pink-tinged clouds of cotton candy above. Live music didn’t start until noon (that’s the case every day), and Peter Gabriel’s “Soulsbury Hillbury Hill” was blasting over the sound system. The words fit with what I was feeling: “My heart is booming boom boom.”

The festival grounds were quiet with more open space of people. You go up to the booth where they check your identity and give you a special wrist strap so you can buy alcohol. no line. Later in the day a friend waited 15 minutes to get her band. It all comes with one more tip, my best advice – go early when there are no lines and you can get close to the front of the stage.

Spelling takes place at Outside Lands on Friday, August 5, 2022.

Spelling takes place at Outside Lands on Friday, August 5, 2022.

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By noon, I was near the front row at the Sutro Stage and picking up Spelling, a Bay Area artist who has a great vocal and experimental electronic voice.

“what’s up?” I cried to the crowd. “It’s a beautiful day. I’m glad for some sunshine. Good to see you all.”

Wearing a full skirt and her long hair falling loosely on her back, she moved around the stage like a fearsome ballerina, ushering the crowd down the dark and haunted alleys to her wonderful music.

“Her music pushes the boundaries of pop music…it’s so different,” said Logan Albiani of Modesto. “I don’t even know what kind this is but I love it.”

When she sang her popular anthem “Wake Up,” the audience got excited: “All we want is here. All we need and more. Let your heart surrender. Let your heart change,” she sang.

Music picked up and two punk-rock women in tall black boots and baby doll dresses danced wildly, flapping their arms in every direction. It was 12:30 in the afternoon and the party had already started.

Attendees sit along the grassy hill at the Twin Peaks stage where The Marias will be performing soon at Outside Lands at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California on Friday, August 5, 2022.

Attendees sit along the grassy hill at the Twin Peaks stage where The Marias will be performing soon at Outside Lands at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California on Friday, August 5, 2022.

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At the Lands End stage, Cory Henry stirs up a crowd with his old funk orchards.

“One more song!” Henry Club. “Is this good?” The roars of the crowd reverberated throughout the Polo Stadium.

The party-ready festival atmosphere was getting stronger and I had a full day of music ahead. I had no regrets.

Three more tips from my day:

  • You cannot bring your own drinks to the festival but you can carry an empty water bottle and there are special stations to fill these up.
  • The lines in the bathrooms became long, but were shorter near Helman Hollow and Panhandle Stage.
  • I’m glad I brought my light jacket that I could easily tie around my waist and wear in the evening as the mist rolled in and it got cold. I would have been cold with just a jacket or jacket.

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